13.09.12 – The Nautical Institute has chosen today’s Celebrating Navigation conference at Plymouth University to announce the launch of its new magazine The Navigator.
Published with the help and support of the Royal Institute of Navigation, the magazine aims to highlight the work of the modern professional navigator and will focus on key issues such as safety, the regulatory environment, mentoring and emerging technologies.
The Navigator is a free publication and will be published three times a year. It will initially be distributed alongside The Nautical Institute’s membership magazine ‘Seaways’ as well as through missions and maritime training establishments.
Welcoming the launch of the new magazine Nautical Institute President Captain Sivaraman Krishnamurthi (‘Krish’) said: “With the maritime industry becoming ever more dependent on new technology it is vital we recognise the important role that navigators play and that they, in turn, feel supported and valued. I believe that The Navigator will contribute significantly towards achieving these goals and will also provide professional navigators around the world with a real sense of community.”
Dr Andy Norris, a Vice-President of the Royal Institute of Navigation and a Fellow of The Nautical Institute was equally enthusiastic: “The Navigator will serve as a useful reference point for today’s navigators who face the challenge of balancing traditional navigational skills with the opportunities afforded by new systems. Against a backdrop of constant change and commercial pressures it is essential that navigators are able to stay abreast of industry trends and developments and this magazine will help them do just that.”
Director of Projects at The Nautical Institute, David Patraiko says The Navigator complements the Institute’s existing range of navigational publications and is aimed at all levels of the profession. “As ships become faster, ocean space more restricted and technology more central it is in everyone’s interests that navigators should feel informed and engaged, whatever stage in their career they may have reached. The fact is that motivated and knowledgeable individuals make better decisions not only in terms of safety but also from a commercial standpoint.”
The Nautical Institute is the international professional body for maritime professionals and others involved in the control of sea-going ships and with an interest in nautical matters. It provides a wide range of services to enhance the professional standing and knowledge of members who are drawn from all sectors of the maritime world. Founded in 1972, it has over 40 branches worldwide and some 6, 500 members in over 110 countries.